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Contempt of court: Abbasi, Fawad served with notices

Rawalpindi: A Division Bench of High Court Rawalpindi bench comprising of Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan and Justice Shahid Mehmood Abbasi after initially hearing separate petitions of contempt of court against Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Pakistan Tehreek E Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry has issued notices to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and the duo mentioned above.
The court has ordered PEMRA to bring all the recordings of anti-judiciary speeches of Abbasi and Fawad on July 18.
Earlier, the Rawalpindi Bench while referring the petitions on the principle seat to Lahore had suggested that a larger bench should be constituted to hear the cases. Upon which the High Court sent the petitions back and constituted a Divisional Bench.
Malik Riaz Anjum, resident of Rawalpindi through Advocate Farooq Awan, on June 28 had filed a petition against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that after his disqualification under Article 62 (i) F by High Court Rawalpindi bench headed by Justice Ibad Ur Rehman Lodhi on July 27 had, spoken extra judicial and defamatory rhetoric against respected Judge Ibad Ur Rehman Lodhi on a private TV channel.
The Petition further implored that the act of using defamatory language against the Judiciary was actionable under 204 and contempt of court ordinance 2003 of the constitution.
Latter, General Secretary of High Court Bar Association and Hafsa Bukhari, Khurram Masood Kiyani and Advocate Masood Abbasi had become parties in the petition.
The first hearing of the case was held on June 29 in the court of Justice Tariq Abbasi. Later on July 03 Justice Sadaqat Ali after hearing two separate petitions against Fawad and Abbasi had suggested to refer them and other 2 newly filed petitions to Larger Bench. At the time Justice Saqib had observed that since it were cases of high significance they shall be referred to Chief Justice.
Advocate Farooq Awan while talking to the Online said that it was unprecedented that a former PM had spoken defamatory language against Judiciary.
He said due to its significance that case was first sent to larger bench but later was sent back to Division bench.

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